David Paul, MD, PhD | David Couper Consulting

David Paul, MD, PhD

career background

BOARD OF ADVISORS, SENIOR EXECUTIVE COACH, CURRICULUM DESIGNER -- David Paul brings over 42 years of experience as a physician leader, educator, and healthcare industry executive, including leading innovation in pre-hospital care, developing and leading multi-hospital cooperative ventures, and system-wide cultural transformations. He has successfully coached all levels of employees, from receptionists through C-level executives. He is a specialist in curriculum design, authoring and facilitating leading edge programs in transformational leadership and emotional intelligence. As Medical Director of Vail Valley Medical Center, he led the transformation of a 19-bed regional hospital to a 49-bed Sports Medicine Center with a worldwide reputation for excellence. He has taught thousands of physicians, nurses, and paramedical professionals. A former Quality Management consultant for Quorum Healthcare, he has taught and led multi-disciplinary teams in developing clinical process quality improvement, resulting in reduced cost in the emergent management of acute knee injuries while simultaneously improving clinical outcomes. As National Faculty for the American Heart Association, he helped improve the quality of acute cardiac care through implementing state-of-the-art standards in Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BLS and ACLS). He founded and co-directed Breckenridge Medical Center, including certifying the facility to receive ambulances. He is a published author of professional journal and popular magazine articles. He is faculty in the Graduate College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University, and formerly graduate faculty in the counseling psychology program at the University of Santa Monica. He co-founded and co-directs an award winning non-profit that teaches life skills to incarcerated men and women.


Transformational Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Burnout Recovery and Prevention, Communication Skills, Clinical Quality Improvement, Developing Effective Teams, Leading Culture Change, Work/Life Balance, Mind-Body Approaches to Health and Healing. Previous board certifications in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine.

industry background & education

Expertise in healthcare leadership development, clinical process quality improvement, outpatient facility development, pre-hospital emergency care, PTSD / burnout prevention in healthcare workers.
Bachelors Degree in Science, Pennsylvania State University; M.D., Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia; Masters in Psychology, University of Santa Monica; Ph.D. in Psychology, Saybrook University, San Francisco.

noted accomplishments

  • CEO of a non-profit that routinely recruits 80+ volunteers who are rapidly trained to work in harmony with each other, while serving in medium-to-maximum security prisons among classrooms of 250+ inmates.
  • Received Service to Humanity Award, Local Hero Award and other awards for his non-profit service work in prisons, assisting “Lifers” in finding purpose and meaning in life.
  • Developed and directed the first paramedic program in southern Illinois, leading the transformation of the pre-hospital care system from funeral home hearses used as ambulances to professionally trained paramedics in seven Illinois counties.
  • Former Clinical Professor, Family Practice, So. Illinois University School of Medicine.
  • C.V. available on request.